Davis College Democrats/State Assembly Candidates Questionnaire, 2008

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The Official Davis College Democrats State Assembly Candidates Questionnaire, 2008

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Welcome to the official Davis College Democrats (DCD) questionnaire for both Democratic assembly primary candidates Christopher Cabaldon and Mariko Yamada in 2008. Here's a little background and info for all of you not so familiar with the current race:

The general election, which will be held on November 4, 2008 covers not only the Presidential election but also State Assembly! But, DCD is confident that in this heavily Democratic district, the June Democratic primary will probably determine who our next Assemblymember will be. The Davis College Democrats will vote on this Endorsement at their General Meeting held on April 30th, 2008. For the Endorsement Process, see below.

The DCD Questionnaire

Will you work to get rid of the state requirement that forces cities to grow by a certain percentage every year by county?

Mariko Yamada:

Christopher Cabaldon:

California is facing a huge budget deficit. What do you think about the governor's plan to fix it and what are three specific provisions you would have in a bill aimed at fixing the state's budget shortfall?

Mariko Yamada:

Christopher Cabaldon:

How have you supported students and/or Young Democrats?

Mariko Yamada:

Christopher Cabaldon:

Do you support same-sex marriage?

Mariko Yamada:

Christopher Cabaldon:

How do you plan to support College Affordability?

Mariko Yamada:

Christopher Cabaldon:

What is your position on having lower punishment for non-violent crimes and drug possession?

Mariko Yamada:

Christopher Cabaldon:

How will you fix the broken prison system?

Mariko Yamada:

Christopher Cabaldon:

What do you think is a reasonable living wage and would you support implementing it? In your opinion, what does it mean to have a living wage?

Mariko Yamada:

Christopher Cabaldon:

How do you propose to achieve the goals set forth with AB 32?

Mariko Yamada:

Christopher Cabaldon:

Would you support the California High Speed Rail Initiative that is on the November ballot? How will you work to alleviate traffic concerns in this Assembly District?

Mariko Yamada:

Christopher Cabaldon:

The DCD Endorsement Process

As a club, we are considering whether or not to approve an endorsement for Christopher Cabaldon in the 8th Assembly District race. Because the California Democratic Party has given Christopher its endorsement and the Davis College Democrats is a subsidiary group to the CDP, Davis College Democrats is not allowed to endorse Mariko Yamada. The questionnaire was sent to both Democratic Candidates. Our club will review the responses and give adequate care to fairly judge both candidates' responses. They will be reviewed by an Endorsement Committee as outlined in our club constitution and no one on the committee will have close ties to either campaign. All questions and responses from both candidates will be posted online at daviswiki.org and on our club blog at daviscollegedemocrats.blogspot.com. The decision between either endorsing or not endorsing Christopher Cabaldon will be voted on at the April 30th General Meeting by active members present at the meeting and will require a 2/3 supermajority for the endorsement to pass. Our club will vote on both Assembly and Davis City Council candidate endorsements on the night of April 30th. We respectfully request that official representatives of the campaign decline to attend the meeting. We will publicly post our final decision online and contact the campaign offices either by phone or mail. We would like to thank both campaigns very much for their time and regardless of our decision, we hope to maintain a positive working relationship with both candidates for years to come.

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